Michael Henry, J.D.
Areas of Expertise
Expert Witness and External Third-Party Neutral Services
Speaking and Writing:
“The ATIXA Guide to Sanctioning Student Sexual Misconduct Violations,” www.atixa.org, January 2018
“The ATIXA Playbook: Best Practices for a Post-Regulatory Era,” www.atixa.org, April 2017
“Play referee in the Title IX, First Amendment boxing match,” Title IX Today, Volume 2, Issue 1, April 2016
“The 7 Deadly Sins of Title IX Investigations,” The 2016 Whitepaper, ATIXA, January 2016
“Professional Perspective,” Title IX Today, Volume 1, Issue 4, July 2015
Editor and Advisory Board Member, ATIXA Campus IX Journal, 2017
Contributing Editor, Title IX Today (2016 – 2017)
Faculty Fellow, ASCA Gehring Academy, July 2015
“Re-Shaping the Process: The Natural Connection Between Title IX and Conduct” presentation at ASCA National Conference, February 2017
“Appeals - the Poison or the Antidote,” presentation at ASCA National Conference, February 2017
“Investigator Competencies: An Overview of Title IX Sexual Misconduct Cases,” presentation at ASCA National Conference, February 2016
“What Does a Title IX Policy at a Large Public University Actually Look Like? A Victim-Focused Response within a Due Process-Centered Approach,” presentation at SCOPE / ATIXA Joint National Conference, October 2014
Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and minor in Psychology from Texas Tech University (2009), and a Juris Doctorate from the Texas Tech University School of Law (2012).
Michael Henry, J.D.
“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” John F. Kennedy
Michael Henry is a Partner with TNG, LLC. He has extensive experience investigating and adjudicating cases of discrimination, gender-based violence and harassment, sexual misconduct and abuse, and incidents of hazing and other forms of organizational misconduct. He has years of experience building effective policies, processes, and systems for and overseeing the proper resolution of misconduct allegations, within the context of both education and athletics.
Prior to joining TNG, Michael served as the Chief Officer for Response & Resolution at the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the national, federally authorized organization charged with investigating and resolving allegations of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse across the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement. Michael joined the Center in 2017, the same year the Center opened its doors, and helped develop the Center’s initial strategy and infrastructure for response and resolution, growing a non-profit startup into a national leader in administrative investigations of sexual misconduct, harassment, discrimination, child sexual abuse, and inappropriate relationships involving power imbalances. Michael led all strategic initiatives regarding the investigation and resolution of misconduct allegations within the Olympic community, managing an office of 40 professional intake and investigative staff and processing over 5,000 reports in the first three years of the Center’s existence. Michael served as the primary trainer, presenter, and liaison to the CEO’s, Board Members, and staff of the 50+ National Sport Governing Bodies, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and the Athletes Advisory Council. Michael also worked closely with numerous Congressional Offices on funding and policy initiatives for the Center, including passage of the legislation that federally authorized the Center in 2018 through amendments to the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.
Michael brings years of experience as both a practitioner and consultant in higher education. Prior to joining the Center, Michael served as an Affiliated Consultant, Trainer, and Lead Investigator for TNG. He has helped train over a thousand Title IX Coordinators and Investigators, conducted high-profile external investigations for K-12 and Higher Education clients across the United States, and has authored and co-authored nationally published whitepapers, guides, resources, and articles. Prior to joining TNG, Michael served as the Director of the Office for Student Rights & Resolution, Lead Title IX Investigator, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Texas Tech University, where he built and oversaw the university’s response and resolution process, and ensured proper implementation of policies and procedures across the University System.
Michael has authored and revised various university and organizational conduct policies and procedures, trained hearing panels and disciplinary committees, and developed institutional and system-wide operating policies related to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and abuse. He has worked extensively with local and national law enforcement agencies, established MOUs and joint interview protocols for administrative misconduct investigations, and has developed and provided education and prevention programming for faculty, staff, students, employees, athletes, coaches, and administrators.